Finance Minister to lay foundation stone for Planetarium tomorrow

Finance Minister to lay foundation stone for Planetarium tomorrow

March 5, 2022

Hectic preparations on at Chamundi foothill

Mysuru; Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will lay the foundation stone for a Planetarium — Cosmology Education and Research Training Centre or COSMOS — in the University of Mysore (UoM) campus at the foot of Chamundi Hill tomorrow (Mar. 6) at 11 am. Hectic preparations are on at the foothill.

Besides the Finance Minister, a host of officials from her Department and from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru, are expected to attend the event along with the officials from the University.

The planetarium will come up in a 3-acre land and the land has been earmarked and cleaned where giant German Tents have been laid. The location abuts the Welcome Arch of Chamundi Hill. The 22-acre campus at the foothill has been named Sri Jayachamaraja Wadiyar campus.

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This land was granted to the University by the State Government in lieu of the land that has been handed over to All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH) inside the Manasagangothri campus. Mysore University will be the first University to have a Planetarium attached to it though there are over 40 planetariums in the country including one in Bengaluru.

MoU with Indian Institute of Astrophysics

Last December, Mysore University Vice-Chancellor Prof G. Hemantha Kumar signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Prof. Annapurni Subramaniam, Director of Indian Institute of Astrophysics to set up the planetarium.

As per the MoU, Indian Institute of Astrophysics will fully fund the cost of construction and many outreach programmes and periodic lectures on astronomy, astrophysics and allied subjects will be held.

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A science research,  education hub

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In a press release, the University authorities have stated that the planetarium, educational hub, science education outreach and scientific collaborator activities, will enrich the students with science knowledge. The planetarium will surely bring stars and other celestial objects closer to the students while facilitating experts to conduct experiments in the field. It will have the distinction of being the largest science centre in Mysuru region.

Additional support is being provided by various departments and organisations such as Department of Science and Technology, Department of Atomic Energy, Department Space etc.

Real-time planetarium with playback engine

COSMOS will host India’s first planetarium with a Digistar 7 system and a Domex screen. This unique real-time planetarium with a playback engine will make it an extremely powerful tool for education and training for students as well as teachers.

A comprehensive education and public outreach program will be an integral part of the COSMOS project. The Digistar system will allow the university to display real-time data from observatories to students within the dome.

The University will organise regular teaching courses for school and college students, training on processing astronomical data, coding, and hands-on experiments with systematic documentation of astronomy heritage in Karnataka as well as South India.

In addition, summer and winter schools for students, teacher training, sky watching sessions, and collaborations with science groups in the State, combined with the advantage of being housed inside a campus, will make COSMOS an unique project in the country.

ONE COMMENT ON THIS POST To “Finance Minister to lay foundation stone for Planetarium tomorrow”

  1. Jhunjhunwalla says:

    This Mrs Sitharaman gained her prominence by being the cheer leader of Modi! She is not an elected MP, but a Rajya Sabha member at the mercy of her master!
    Again Chamundi Hill is is used, this time at the foot of the Hill!
    Mysoreans, why do you allow your iconic sacred Hill to be misused this way? Planetarium or Astrophysics -gazing at the stars, while your roads are needing repairs,, you have no footpaths, the city is very polluted, your streets are dark etc..etc.. where money can be very usefully spent.
    Do you want this one-time sales assistant in Habitat in London-she has since manufactured her profile ,like making grander of her work she was doing as 1 hour temporary assistant in the Tamil broadcast of BBC World Service in 1990 ( it was abolished later) as the anchor! There your FM!!


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